M&A Deal Summary

G4S Acquires Global Solutions

On December 18, 2008, G4S plc acquired safety/security company Global Solutions Ltd. from Motion Equity Partners and Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) for 355M GBP

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is G4S’s 8th transaction in the Safety/Security sector.
  • This is G4S’s 0th largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is G4S’s 4th transaction in the United Kingdom.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2008-12-18
Target Global Solutions Ltd.
Sector Safety/Security
Buyer(s) G4S plc
Sellers(s) Motion Equity Partners
Intermediate Capital Group (ICG)
Deal Type Add-on Acquisition
Deal Value 355M GBP

Target

Global Solutions Ltd.

Broadway, United Kingdom
website
Global Solutions Limited (GSL) is a provider of outsourced services for prisons.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer

G4S plc

London, United Kingdom

website


Category Company
Founded 1901
SectorSafety/Security
Employees550
Revenue 7.8B GBP (2019)
DESCRIPTION

G4S is a global, integrated security company, specializing in the provision of security services and solutions to customers. Its mission is to create material, sustainable value for customers and shareholders by being the supply partner of choice in all of the markets. G4S was formed in 1901 and is based in London.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 11 of 31
Sector (Safety/Security) 8 of 13
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 10 of 28
Country (United Kingdom) 4 of 7
Year (2008) 6 of 6
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2008-05-21 Progard Securitas d.o.o.

Belgrade, Serbia

Progard Securitas d.o.o. is a provider of manned security, cash services and alarm monitoring services throughout Serbia. Progard has a broad customer base amongst banks, hotels, retail chains, restaurants, manufacturing, refining, and chemical businesses, with a focus on multi-nationals present in Serbia.

Buy -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2009-02-24 Secura Monde International Ltd.

Berkshire, United Kingdom

Secura Monde was founded in 1994, and is one of the world’s leading technical and commercial consultancies specialising in banknote and security print technologies, including security document design, banknote papermaking and printing, documentary security features and cash distribution within national cash cycles. It has worked in close co-operation with many central banks, providing expertise in the management of banknotes, from initial design to processing and re-circulation. It has also worked with many major multinational companies to implement anti-counterfeiting strategies for their global brands.

Buy -

Seller(S) 2

SELLER

Motion Equity Partners

Paris, France

Investor Investor Investor

website


Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 2001
PE ASSETS 700M EUR
SizeLarge
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Motion Equity Partners is a European private equity firm that targets large buyouts and turnaround situations valued up to €250 million. Broad areas of interest include consumer (leisure, retail, household and consumer goods, food/beverages), industrial (building materials, automotive, manufacturing, chemicals), business services (outsourced services, logistics and transportation, facilities management), and healthcare services and equipment. Motion prefers opportunities located in France, the UK, Germany, and Italy and looks to commit €20 to €80 per transaction. Motion Equity Partners was established in 2001 and is headquartered in Paris.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 17 of 29
Sector (Safety/Security) 1 of 1
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 10 of 15
Country (United Kingdom) 10 of 13
Year (2008) 1 of 1
Size (of disclosed) 2 of 11
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2008-03-19 M Group Services Ltd.

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

M Group Services Ltd. is a service provider to the regulated infrastructure markets in the UK and Ireland through its utilities, transport, telecom, and data divisions. The Company operates through its subsidiaries that include Morrison Utility Services, Morrison Data Services, Dyer & Butler, Magdalene, PMP Utilities and M Group Services Plant & Fleet Solutions.

Buy £135M
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2010-11-02 Agrifarma S.p.A.

Genoa, Italy

Arcaplanet is an operator of a pet care retail chain. Arcaplanet operates 46 stores, each averaging 500 square meters in size and being mainly located in the north and center of Italy. Arcaplanet was founded in 1995 and is based in Genoa, Italy.

Buy €46M
SELLER

Intermediate Capital Group (ICG)

London, United Kingdom

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

website


Category Mezzanine Finance Firm
Founded 1989
PE ASSETS 27.2B EUR
SizeMega
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) is a global mezzanine finance firm. IGC looks to provide junior capital to support a wide range of transactions, including buyouts, debt restructurings, and development financing. The Firm generally invests alongside financial sponsors and management teams in transactions valued from €250 million to €1 billion. ICG was formed in 1989 and is headquartered in London.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 97 of 202
Sector (Safety/Security) 1 of 3
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 23 of 62
Country (United Kingdom) 38 of 55
Year (2008) 7 of 7
Size (of disclosed) 36 of 71
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2008-11-14 N&W Global Vending SpA

Valbrembo (BG), Italy

N&W Global Vending SpA is a manufacturer of Hot & Cold and Snack & Food vending machines.

Buy -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2009-02-03 Edscha AG

Remscheid, Germany

Edscha is a manufacturer of door hinges, convertible roof systems and driver controls for the automotive industry.

Sell -